Few places have a landscape as awe-inspiring as Cornwall, and in the summer months it is little surprise that this corner of the UK attracts visitors from around the world to enjoy the beaches, coast paths, villages, hospitality, activities and attractions that the area has to offer.
From The Lizard to St Mawes, Portscatho to St. Ives, each area of Cornwall has something unique and different to offer, encapsulated more often than not by the beauty and character of its hotels, inns and B&Bs. Few know that better than the Good Hotel Guide, and here they share 10 of their top hotels to visit in Cornwall this year.
The Nare Hotel
On the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall, The Nare is a hotel with traditional values and contemporary details. Its location is spectacular, looking out over Gerrans Bay and with carefully tended gardens that run to the water’s edge, but this is a hotel that also offers plenty to do, from chartering their yacht to driving their elegant motor launch or classic Morgan sports car.
The spa and leisure facilities are also favourite features. There are indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, and croquet, while The Carne Bay Spa uses Dermalogica products to deliver a range of spa treatments.
Bedruthan Hotel and Spa
An award-winning, four-star hotel in Cornwall, Bedruthan Hotel and Spa is set into the hillside above Mawgan Porth beach. It’s a well known family favourite, complete with activities and kids’ clubs. However, adults also enjoy the standard of service, the style, and the leisure experiences.
Spa treatments, a pool with Atlantic Sea views, a natural outdoor pool, a sensory garden, cocktails, and sunset suppers all make it a beautiful destination for all who visit.
This famously eco-friendly, low-tech hotel and spa has been leading the charge in sustainable wellbeing since before it was fashionable. The Scarlet is widely recognised for its style, service, and spa, which is an focal point of your stay. The location is breathtaking, and is maximised at every opportunity.
The spa has beautiful details including luxury tented treatment rooms lit by lanterns, a sauna, steam room, a pool with floor-to-ceiling windows and wellbeing classes. Holistic treatments combine Ayurveda with a distinct Cornish twist using the Pai skincare line.
Polurrian on the Lizard
This iconic hotel on the Lizard Peninsula offers escapism and a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. There's a sense of stepping into another world entirely. A path leads to a private beach, the views celebrate the landscape and there’s plenty of activities including tennis, kayaking and yoga.
Facilities include a 30ft indoor pool, a hot tub and a gym, an outdoor tennis court and a seasonal outdoor pool. They also offer a range of Elemis spa treatments.
The Old Coastguard
The Old Coastguard is in a wonderful location in the pretty Cornish fishing village of Mousehole, with views of the sea towards St. Michael's Mount and the Lizard. With 14 rooms to stay in, it’s the perfect combination of intimate and stylish, peppered with charming details such as heritage colours, cosy baskets, local art, Roberts Radios, toiletries from Bramley Products, proper coffee and Cornish tea.
The Brasserie restaurant is warm and welcoming, with favourite dishes using freshly landed local seafood. No wonder the inn has won awards including the 2020 Gold Award from Taste of the West.
Hotel Tresanton is in one of the most idyllic locations you could ask for. On the edge of St Mawes, it is built into the side of a cliff, conveniently located for walking into the village. Inside it is decorated in coastal style with quietly sophisticated details like a mosaic floor.
A large balcony has uninterrupted sea views, and this is where most of the dining takes place when the weather allows. There's also a dining room flooded with natural light by day and glowing by candlelight in the evening. You feel as though you’re on the French Riviera.
The Gurnard’s Head
The Gurnard’s Head, between St. Ives and St. Just, is the perfect combination of old and new. The pub-with-rooms is a blissful place to stay, with eight bedrooms and views of the Atlantic as well as the moors and tors of Penwith.
Each area of the hotel has been carefully considered and beautifully styled. Bedrooms are individually designed, featuring bright colours, Vi-Spring beds, a Roberts radio, fresh flowers, Bramley toiletries, local art and warm, Welsh blankets. Food is local, simple and earthy, while drink is warming and chosen with thought. Despite its escapist vibe, there's plenty to see and do. Local attractions range from a stroll along the coast to trips to the Minack Theatre, Zennor, Penzance and Newlyn.
On the craggy Pentire headland, Lewinnick Lodge is a chic seaside hotel with breathtaking views of the Atlantic. Star, modern rooms and suites combine the best of contemporary facilities and characterful details, including home-made biscuits, binoculars and high-tech features - they are also oriented toward vistas of Towan Head and Fistral Beach.
The restaurant and bar has a popular reputation amongst locals, which is always a good sign, and to work off all those Cornish classics, you're just a stone's throw from the South West Coast Path.
The Greenbank Hotel
On the water’s edge in the historic maritime town of Falmouth, The Greenbank is an amalgam of modern additions to a 17th-century sailors’ pub. Many of the rooms and suites are harbour facing, enjoying lots of natural light and contemporary interiors. Food is characteristically Cornish wish seafood classics proving a perennial favourite.
The hotel is also ideally placed for exploring the surrounding area. For example, you can step straight on to a boat from the hotel’s pontoons, a ten-minute stroll away, and board the ferry to Flushing.
Set slightly back from the buzzy seaside town of St. Ives, whilst holding it in full view, Blue Hayes is a dreamy hotel set in cliff top sub-tropical gardens. Wake in airy rooms and suites characterised by coastal interiors. Stroll down the South West Coast Path to Porthminster Beach, enjoy a cream tea with views across the bay to Godrevy Lighthouse, and spend afternoons serenely sipping cocktails on the verandah.
Meals bring a feast of local fare, from seafood platters to Cornish gammon and Trelawny cheese. It's a delicious combination of contemporary and classic.
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